ITECA Secures Additional Financial Support For Providers

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Date —

25 November  2021

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education ■ Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Australian Government has announced that the waivers of certain fees and charges levied on independent higher education and vocational training providers will be extend through to the end of 2022. This follows sustained advocacy by Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) and allied stakeholders.

Key Issues —

The support measures are in a package of $27.8 million in regulatory fee relief for the duration of 2022. The package includes waiving certain fees and charges levied by the sector’s two national regulators, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The extension is for calendar 2022.

The Australian Government also announced that the Student Loan Tax on higher education loans will be waived until 31 December 2022, benefiting around 30,000 undergraduate higher education students. The continued extension of the suspension of the Student Loan Tax is welcomed by ITECA; however, with great member support advocacy to permanently end the student loan tax will continue.

Earlier this week, the Australian Government announced the opening of the nation’s borders to international students from 1 December 2021. Recognising the challenges that the sector will continue to face during the rebuilding phase, the Australian Government has extended financial support for the international education sector.

The Australian Government has announced financial support in the form of waived fees and charges associated with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registrations, and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) levy. The Australian Government has also announced an additional $9.4 million to extend the Innovation Development Fund, delivering further short-term targeted support to private English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers to diversify their education offerings into online and offshore delivery.

Independent providers support around 85% of the 3.9 million students in vocational training and around 10% of the 1.6 million students in a higher education award program.

Throughout the second half of 2021, ITECA has been a strong advocate for this continued support for the higher education and vocational training sector, including extending the relief of CRISCOS fees and charges,  plus ASQA fees and charges in addition to those levied by TEQSA.  With much of this advocacy having been initiated back in August 2021. Securing this additional support is a great example of member-driven advocacy at work and collaboration with key stakeholders including English Australia (EA).

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Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Education Policy Committee and the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Policy Commitee.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to [email protected] or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

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